Videos Show Grand Rapids Police Officer Fatally Shooting Patrick Lyoya

In a statement, Governor Gretchen Whitmer expressed sympathy for the Lyoya family and called for the protests to be peaceful.

“The Michigan State Police will conduct a transparent and independent investigation of the shooting,” said Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat and former prosecutor. “Prosecutors must then consider all the evidence, follow the law, and take appropriate action on the charges. Justice is fundamental to security, and without justice, we are all less secure.”

Mr. Lyoya’s death was the latest in a series of incidents that have strained relations between Grand Rapids residents and police. In 2017, officers searching for a middle-aged woman wanted for stabbing rather than handcuffing an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint as she left a home. Those officers were not disciplined. Months earlier, other Grand Rapids officers held five innocent teens at gunpoint. And in 2020, local media reported, an officer was suspended for two days after shooting a protester in the face with a gas canister.

City data from 2020 showed that black residents who responded to a survey said they had less trust in Grand Rapids police than their white and Hispanic neighbors.

“We’ve been talking constantly, constantly about the bullying and the brutality going on here,” Cle Jackson, president of the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP, said at a news conference after the video was released.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police, the agency handling the case, declined to say when the investigation might end and be turned over to prosecutors for a decision on charges.

Christopher Becker, the prosecutor in Kent County, which includes Grand Rapids, last week urged police to postpone releasing the video until the State Police investigation is complete. Chief Winstrom, who took over as police chief last month, responded by saying he would release the video later this week, though he did not set a date for that release until Tuesday afternoon.

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